pass the previous tr td content into the link href

I had this question after viewing Adding a link on the nested data table.

I would like to pass the the department name into the export link, which I have created in drawcallback

So the link should be like that;

 $(".export").on("click", function(){
		 console.log("button is clicked");
    $(this).attr("href", "departmentName={departmentName}");


<a class="export" href="#" target="_blank">Export</a>
href= should be the parent first td ( department name) 

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Any helps would be really appricated.

Yakup KAsked:
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Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
If you want the text from the first <td> of the <tr> that contains the link, then something like this:

$(".export").on("click", function(){
    console.log("button is clicked");
    dept = $(this).closest('tr').children('td:first').text();
    $(this).attr("href", "departmentName=" + dept);

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Yakup KAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comment Chris. Unfortunately, this is taking the next tr td content.

I would like to get the previous tr and second td ( Which is department name) .
This is the output for your script.
Export departmentsSearch:namephonehire_dateidOrigenes Maxwell345892February 1, 20046234Previous1Next

Please see the jsfiddle
Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
So you need the second TD from the previous TR ??

What about this:

dept = $(this).closest('tr').prev('tr').children('td').eq(1).text();

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Yakup KAuthor Commented:
Thanks Chris. This one works perfectly.
Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
No worries. Glad I could help
Yakup KAuthor Commented:
Hi Chris, When I click on the pagination, It duplicated the anchor links. For example, if there are 4 pages it duplicates the link for 4 times. Any ideas on this ?
Chris StanyonWebDevCommented:
Not sure about that. It seems like it's a completely different issue to the one raised in this question, and is probably more about how you're creating the data in the first place.

It makes sense to open a new question to ask about that specific problem
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